The program vigorously promotes integrative research in biology and actively participates in several interdisciplinary programs, including the graduate programs in genetics, neuroscience, applied mathematics, and resource management.

Zoology offers a wide variety of research programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the following areas: cell and developmental biology, community and population ecology, comparative physiology and biochemistry, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology.


Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Abraham, Ninan Mammals, pathogens, genetic analysis, proper cell funtion, development, maintenance and proper functioning of T- and B-cells
Altshuler, Douglas flight control; visual guidance; visual neuroscience; neuroethology; avian biomechanics; aerodynamics; wing morphing; motor control
Angert, Amy Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Biogeography; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; evolutionary ecology; population biology; biological responses to climate change; Conservation Biology
Auger-Methe, Marie Statistical Ecology; Polar ecology; Animal movement
Auld, Vanessa Cell; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; Developmental Genetics; Molecular Genetics; Development; nervous system; permeability barriers; glia; Cell Biology; Genetics; in vivo imaging; epithelia
Aviles, Leticia Community ecology (except invasive species ecology); Animal behaviour
Brauner, Colin Gas exchange, ion regulation and acid-base balance in fish, Evolution and comparative physiology
Cheung, Wai Lung Impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems and their goods and services
Christensen, Villy Fisheries management
Doebeli, Michael Walter Mathematical ecology and evolution, evolution of diversity, adaptive speciation, evolution of cooperation, game theory, experimental evolution in microorganisms
Germain, Rachel Ecology; evolution
Gordon, Michael Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Neural circuits; Sensory systems; Feeding; Taste; Gustation; Drosophila; Chemosensation
Harley, Christopher Ecology and Quality of the Environment; community ecology; climate change; marine invertebrates; marine algae
Irwin, Darren Evolutionary Genetics; speciation; hybridization; ornithology; seasonal migration; genomic differentiation
Jankowski, Jill Ecology
Kremen, Claire Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; agroecological farming systems; sustainable landscapes
Leander, Brian Evolutionary morphology; Marine invertebrate zoology; Evolutionary protistology; Species discovery; Phylogenetic biology; Comparative organismal biology; Marine biodiversity
Leitch, Duncan understanding sensory system adaptations in diverse organisms; contributions of nervous system properties to natural behaviours
Li, Yue-Xian Calcium signalling in neuroendocrine cells Fertilization calcium waves in oocytes
Maddison, Wayne Arachnology, Biodiversity, Spiders, Phylogenetic Theory and Programming
Mank, Judith evolution; How selection acts on males and females within a species; How the genome responds to contradictory selection to encode sexually dimorphic traits; Sex chromosomes; Gene regulation; Sexual conflict
Marshall, Katie Animal physiology, environmental stress; Environmental Change; Marine biodiversity; Population Ecology; invertebrates and temperature adaptation
Matsuuchi, Linda Cell signaling of specific membrane receptors, combining aspects of Cell Biology, Immunology , Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Matthews, Philip respiratory adaptations of animals, primarily insects
Matthews, Benjamin Comparative Physiology; Genome of mosquitoes; Aedes aeygpti mosquitoes; Arboviral pathogens; Dengue fever; Yellow fever; Chikungunya; Zika
Mizumoto, Kota Cell and Developmental Biology
O'Connor, Mary climate change, ocean, seafood, seagrass, eelgrass, invertebrate, ecology, environment,
Otto, Sarah evolution, mathematical modeling, population genetics, genomic evolution, evolution of sex, yeast experimental evolution, Population genetics and evolutionary biology, yeast
Pante, Nelly Molecular trafficking pathways within the cell
Parfrey, Laura Microbial ecology, microbial diversity, microbiome, protists
Pauly, Daniel World fisheries; Marine life; Global catch; Management of fisheries; Fish growth and ecophysiology
Pennell, Matthew evolution; Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; Biodiversity Theory and Informatics; Evolutionary change across different time scales; Ecological and evolutionary processes operating in "deep time"; Ecological models for adaptive radiation; Long-term dynamics of evolutionary change; Phylogenetics; Macroevolution; evolutionary genetics
Pitcher, Tony Evaluation of the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems with special emphasis on restoration ecology, development of a predictive understanding of how fish shoaling behavior impacts fisheries
Ramer, Matthew Pain, Plasticity, Regeneration, Sensory neurons, Sympathetic neurons
Redfield, Rosemary Microbial evolution
Richards, Jeffrey Adaptive significance of the mechanisms coordinating cellular responses to stress
Richardson, John Natural sciences; Ecology; freshwater biology; food webs; streams; forest
Roskams, Angela Jane Alzheimer's, cellular development, degeneration and regeneration in the olfactory system
Schluter, Dolph Evolution of ecological diversity in groups of organisms that are multiplying rapidly
Schulte, Patricia Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, genomics, population genetics, and evolutionary biology to address the question, what are the physiological adaptations that allow animals to live in particular environments?
Shadwick, Robert Edward Comparative Physiology Fish and whale swimming, Whale feeding and diving, Whale arteries and lungs
Snutch, Terrance Preston Molecular and genetic analysis of the nervous system
Soma, Kiran Biological Behavior; Neuroendocrine Diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Endocrinology; stress; Behavior
Srivastava, Diane biodiversity, tropics, Costa Rica, insects, mites, food webs, habitat loss, Community ecology, conservation, how species loss from food webs can affect the way ecosystems function
Sugioka, Kenji Basic medicine and life sciences; Cell division; Animal morphogenesis; Cytoskeletal dynamics
Taylor, Eric Genomics; Evolutionary Genetics; biodiversity; speciation; fishes; conservation; biogeography
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Neural development and regeneration
Trites, Andrew marine mammals, seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, fisheries competition, population biology, ecology, Marine mamals research centre, biology of marine mammals, population dynamics, bioenergetics, fisheries
Tseng, Michelle Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecology; Evolutionary Biology
Vincent, Amanda Marine Environment; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Protected Areas; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; ocean conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; nonselective fisheries, especially trawling; wildlife trade; community-based conservation; citizen science; multilateral environmental agreements


Adam Ford

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)